The immediate past Vice Chairman of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) for West and Central African Region, and Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Mr Abdulahi Nde Dikko has said that only when a coordinated border management, capacity building and stakeholders collaboration is adopted that the Customs service can realise its core objective of revenue generation to the economic development of its country.
Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday at the 20th Conference of Directors General of Customs of the WCO for West and Central African region; Dikko said that with the dynamics of international trade and complex nature of border security, customs must see themselves as partners with other government agencies within and outside their borders.
According to him, the only guarantee for customs to build their strategies for a successful job, the service must accord priority to training of its officers and building of infrastructures to support skill development.
Dikko also revealed that the Nigerian Customs Service is generating over $20million revenue to the government on a monthly basis.
He reminded the Conference that as part of its sub-regional approach to trade facilitation and border security, the last Conference mandated Nigeria to convene a meeting of Customs Administrations of Nigeria, Benin, Chad, Cameroun and Niger.
“I am happy to inform you that the Abuja initiative started by Customs, marked the beginning of a successful collaborative approach to combatting Cross-border terrorism in the region,” the Customs boss stated.